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The 2008 Joint Meeting marks the introduction of the YO Lounge! Join your fellow young ophthalmologists at the new YO Lounge. It is an ideal place to mingle with other YOs, gather practical advice from practice management experts on issues relating to their practice, meet the Academy’s YO Committee and learn tips on how to navigate the Joint Meeting. But that’s just the beginning!

O.N.E. Demonstrations
You’ve seen the articles, now come see how the Academy’s new Ophthalmic New & Education (O.N.E.™) Network works. At the YO Lounge, there will be three sessions led by Robert F. Melendez, MD, from the YO Committee, to show you tips on using the O.N.E.

Join us in the YO Lounge for these sessions on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and again on Monday, Nov. 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

YO Roundtables
The YO Lounge is also an ideal place to learn from the best in an informal and interactive setting. Throughout the Joint Meeting, you can visit the YO Lounge to participate in roundtables with respected, top ophthalmologists.

The speakers will primarily focus on their unique career paths and how YOs can best succeed in today’s competitive markets, as well as the future of ophthalmology. There will also be a question-and-answer period following each roundtable. The roundtables featured include:

Sunday, Nov. 9

  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Wesley D. Millican, MBA, is the founder and CEO of CareerPhysician Advisors L.P., one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive career and business education resources to residents, fellows and training program directors. He is also founder and president of MillicanSolutions Inc., an executive search and consulting firm focused on strategic leadership initiatives for children’s hospitals nationally. Recognized as a physician advocate, Wesley devotes significant time speaking at the nation’s top residency and fellowship programs on career planning and practice transition topics. To learn more, don’t miss this month’s one-to-one interview with him.
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Bruce E. Spivey, MD, trained as an ophthalmologist and a medical educator, has a wide range of physician and hospital management experience and is currently president of the International Council of Ophthalmology. Dr. Spivey was the executive vice president and CEO of the Academy and has served as a departmental chairman (California Pacific Medical Center), a hospital CEO, the CEO of the national specialty society for his specialty and the CEO of multi-hospital systems. 

Monday, Nov. 10

  • 9 p.m. to 10 a.m.: Wesley D. Millican, MBA (see above)
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Susan H. Day, MD, is chairwoman and program director of the department of ophthalmology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and has a solo private practice specializing in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. She has held leadership positions as president in professional organizations including: the Academy, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Ophthalmological Society. 
  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Julia A. Haller, MD, is ophthalmologist-in-chief of the Wills Eye Institute and professor and chairwoman of ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Haller became the first female chief resident at Wilmer in 1986 and then joined the faculty there. She is president of the American Society of Retina Specialists and a member of the executive committee of the Retina Society. 

Tuesday, Nov. 11

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: James P. Gills, MD, has performed more cataract and lens implant surgeries than any other eye surgeon in the world and was the first in the United States to dedicate his practice exclusively to cataract treatment through the use of intraocular lenses. Since establishing his Florida practice in 1968, he has been firmly committed to embracing new technology and perfecting the latest cataract surgery techniques.
  • Time TBD: Marilyn T. Miller, MD, obtained her medical degree and clinical training in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is professor of ophthalmology and faculty of the pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus section, department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Illinois. In addition to her research and clinical responsibilities, she participates in children’s health fairs in the Chicago area and has a major commitment to international ophthalmology, especially in children’s eye programs. She has served on the Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization and was the Academy representative to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness for many years.

Even More Valuable Academy Resources
The O.N.E. demonstrations and YO-specific roundtables are just the beginning. The YO Lounge also offers a whole host of resources from the Academy and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) to help you improve practice performance. In addition to browsing through the display of AAOE products, you can also get information about the meeting itself, including the YO Program and YO Reception. Plus, you can meet the YO Committee and learn how to get involved with the Academy, navigate the Joint Meeting and make the most of your meeting experience.

Best of all, you are invited to join us for Happy Hour on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Monday, Nov. 10, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail and hear about the Academy’s state and federal advocacy efforts. You can also network with OPHTHPAC and Surgical Scope Fund board members and learn how your involvement can impact your practice, as well as the future of ophthalmology.

Kick Back and Relax
Of course, it’s not all work in the YO Lounge. This little sanctuary also offers complimentary food and refreshments, free foot massages and free wireless Internet. There is also a TV to catch up on the news or watch a bit of the game. You can even take a break from the action and engage in a little Wii!

All this and a free gift giveaway. Be one of the first 50 people to bring a copy of this article to the YO Lounge reception desk and you will receive a fun (and very cool) gift. Limit one gift per person.

Be sure to make the YO Lounge your personal headquarters during the Joint Meeting. The lounge will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room B213.

If you haven’t yet registered for the meeting, keep in mind that preregistration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 15, so sign up now to make sure that your courses or other activities are not sold out. We’ll see you in the YO Lounge!

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About the author: Gabrielle Naughten is an executive assistant for Member Services and Marketing at the Academy and supports the various activities of the YO Committee.